Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina acknowledged that she was extremely busy following Wimbledon and didn’t have much time to prepare for San Jose, but she still wanted to participate and give it her all. Rybakina lost in the opening round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic on Monday in San Jose.
. Rybakina was defeated by Daria Kasatkina, the seventh-seeded woman in the San Jose main draw, after falling behind a set. In her first match after winning Wimbledon, Rybakina got off to a terrific start, but Kasatkina came back to win in three sets.
“A difficult week followed Wimbledon. I had a ton to get done. I didn’t have sufficient time to get ready for the challenging season. I wanted to show up and give it my all. I’m simply glad to be here and have already begun my matches, so maybe things will get better and better “WTA Insider was told by Rybakina.
Rybakina: “A difficult week followed Wimbledon. I had a ton to get done. I didn’t have sufficient time to get ready for the challenging season. I wanted to show up and give it my all. I’m just delighted to be here and have already begun my matches, so maybe things will only get better.” August 2, 2022 — WTA Insider (@WTA insider)
Kasatkina prevails in three sets over Rybakina.
In the first game of the match, Rybakina had a break point but was able to preserve it and escape losing by an early break.
After the first two games, the two players were locked at a game apiece before Rybakina secured back-to-back breaks and won the next five games to take the opening set in commanding fashion. At the beginning of the second set, Kasatkina recovered, breaking Rybakina twice for a commanding 5-1 advantage.
While Rybakina was serving to stay in the set in the eighth game when Kasatkina broke him, the Kazakh was unable to serve out the second set in the seventh game. Following her triumph in the second set, Kasatkina completely dominated Rybakina and broke the Kazakh three more to secure her victory.
At the National Bank Open in Toronto, which gets underway the following week, Rybakina will be looking to get back on track. At Wimbledon, Rybakina won her first Grand Slam championship, but it is still unclear how far she can advance at the US Open.